Thomas H. Eagan of Plantation, Florida was arrested Friday after he fled police in his vehicle, driving the wrong way on the highway and injuring an officer and at least one civilian in the process, news sources report. An officer who was dragged a short distance by Eagen’s vehicle sustained minor injuries, while a passenger on a motorcycle that Eagen allegedly crashed into on the highway sustained serious injuries and was taken to a trauma center. Eagan, 39, was booked into police custody on charges of grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding, and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail. Reports did not specify a defense attorney for Eagan.
According to reports, the whole thing began at around 5:00 Friday morning at a parking lot at 17021 Northwest 27th Avenue, in Miami Gardens. An officer ran the plate number of the car Eagan was driving and discovered the car had been stolen, sources say. The officer and Eagan apparently engaged in conversation, but somehow a fight ensued and Eagan got back into his car and fled. The officer somehow got caught on Eagan’s vehicle and was dragged through the lot, sources say. The officer soon came free and was not seriously injured.
Eagan continued to flee and picked up a tail of police vehicles, sources say. Eagan allegedly proceeded northbound on the southbound express lane of Interstate 95 in order to shake off the police. Officers were forced to call of the pursuit, as it against police procedure to follow a suspect onto the opposing lanes of an expressway; doing so puts the suspect and the other drivers’ lives at risk.